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  1. Ephilei
    October 15, 2009

    Words can’t describe this travesty. I won’t try.

    Equally discouraging is thinking about how to repeal this bill. If passed, it would also be illegal for a member of parliament to introduce a bill to overturn this or for constituents to complain. This is perhaps the most horrifying legislation I’ve ever seen because, if passed, cannot be fought. Let hope that a person in Uganda, like the US, cannot be punished for a crime retrospectively.

  2. Joe
    October 15, 2009

    Why can’t the Ugandan Parliament put all this effort, time, and money into something more constructive such Outlawing Corruption and/or Developing their country…

    Sad…

  3. Raphael
    October 15, 2009

    Will the Fierce Advocate say something about this? Or does advocacy stop short of preventing this kind of persecution?

  4. Bob
    October 15, 2009

    @Joe – Because people in the Ugandan Parliament profit from corruption, and getting people riled about the threat of homosexuality (or whatever else is convenient at the time) is one of the time-tested smokescreens used by corrupt governments to allow them to continue unchecked.

  5. Lynn David
    October 15, 2009

    19. Regulations.
    The Minister may, by statutory instrument. make regulations generally for better carrying out the provisions of this Act.

    Which means he can get as repressive as he deems necessary.

    I hope someone in some department in the UN, EU, etc. are lobbying against this act by Uganda.

    This acts provisions allow for someone to always take on the role of “victim.” In that way they take on the role of government informer and immediately elevate the crime of the other person to “aggravated homosexuality.” Something that seems to prurient desires of the Uganda anti-gay ministers and press.

  6. Steve
    October 15, 2009

    So, does anybody know what the statute of limitations is in Uganda?

    Caleb Lee Brundidge’s past might have put him in jeopardy of conviction on a life sentence when he participated in the Uganda conference.

    To the leaders of Exodus International: Note the absence of an exoneration clause for ex-gays.

    An ex-gay ministry in Uganda could only operate at the peril of the people they wanted to help. The simplest surveillance or search warrant would reveal the names of people who could be rounded up for lifelong imprisonment or execution.

    The ministry itself could be charged with knowing of, but not reporting, people who are homosexual.

    The ministry itself could be prosecuted for promoting homosexuality if it advocated against execution of an HIV+ person.

    So, Exodus, this is the kind of “freedom from homosexuality” you condone? No? Then, this is a part of the world in which you regret condoning board members’ participation in an anti-gay conference? No? What is it, then?

  7. Mark F.
    October 15, 2009

    85% of Uganda is Christian, mostly split between the Anglicans and the Catholics. 12% follow Islam. Interesting.

  8. Jim
    October 15, 2009

    GLBT people in Uganda should run. Now! I don’t think Uganda sounds like a nice place to live or visit. It reminds one of the movie, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, where the Queen of Vulgaria didn’t like children.

    The Chitty Bang Bang was a real car. A Race car in the 1920s.

    Link:
    http://wikicars.org/en/Chitty_Chitty_Bang_Bang

  9. Twosoulspirit
    October 16, 2009

    Absolutely Shocking!
    What a Travesty of Basic Human Rights!
    Shouldn’t Uganda be focussing on crime, war, providing work for their countrymen and getting rid of all corruption rather than focussing on a naturally occurring phenomena that some individuals have no choice or control of?
    Just goes to show how the fundamental religious groups are killing people souls in order to nurse their own illogical fear and strengthening their own agenda of hatred and intolerance…. Very Christianlike behaviour isn’t it?
    I cannot believe civilized countries still communicate with or support this kind of government. It goes against every basic human right.

  10. Vanessa Brueton
    October 16, 2009

    You have to wonder about the person who sat down and came up with the term “aggrevated homosexuality” – and all the people who listen. Do we not have enough problems in Africa to keep everyone busy??? Never mind Africa, the whole world? What about:
    a.) World hunger
    b.) Poverty
    c,) Global climate change
    d.) War
    e.) HIV
    f.) Crime
    …damn, I could go on for a long time but homosexuality is just not one of the things that come to mind. Makes me think of this quote I love: “Fear is the original sin” – but you have to ask yourself what is so scary about difference and diversity, we are different races, have different beliefs, we have different sexual preferences but we all human, we bleed, our hearts beat, we cry, we smile, we were all created the same way and we will all die. What difference does a difference make?

  11. Lynn David
    October 16, 2009

    The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG) in calling for the swift dismissal of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 and the protection of all Ugandans, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

    http://www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/article/takeaction/globalactionalerts/989.html

  12. Lynn David
    October 17, 2009

    Articles condemning Bahati’s Bill in Uganda to expand penalties for homosexuality.

    Uganda: Bahati’s Bill – a Convenient Distraction for Country’s Government
    Opinion By Solome Nakaweesi-Kimbugwe and Frank Mugisha
    http://allafrica.com/stories/200910161126.html

    Specifically calls out American anti-gays for infusing the climate of homophobia in Uganda:

    Western-Backed Homophobia

    A common claim put forward by homophobes in Uganda is that Western donors and human rights organisations are encouraging the spread of homosexuality in Uganda. Interestingly, what they never admit to is that fact that their own campaigning and mobilisation against lesbians and gay people is itself funded and supported by actors in the West, more specifically the Christian rightwing in the USA.

    There is evidence to suggest that support for Bahati’s bill has come from extreme-right Christians in the United States of America who are working through allied churches and parliamentarians in Uganda. In March 2009 the Family Life Network, led by Ugandan Pastor Stephen Langa (affiliated to the Kampala Pentecostal Church), hosted a workshop entitled ‘Exposing the truth behind homosexuality and the homosexual agenda’. The workshop trainers included members of three American organisations well-known in US Christian rightwing circles:

    –Scott Lively, co-founder of the hate group Watchmen on the Walls and author of The Pink Swastika, a pseudo-history book claiming that militant male homosexuals helped mastermind the Nazi holocaust

    –Caleb Lee Brundidge, a ‘sexual reorientation’ coach for the International Healing Foundation, a Christian organisation that aims to ‘free’ people from ‘unwanted same-sex attraction’

    –Don Schmierer, a board member for Exodus International, an umbrella body for Christian groups that seek to ‘reform’ homosexuals using Christian teachings.

    Alongside the workshop, the Americans also met with MPs and influential religious actors. The Family Life Network has mobilised through churches across the country to deliver a petition to parliament calling for the introduction of stronger legislation against homosexuality. Bahati’s bill is the result.

    ______________

    UGANDA: AIDS activists protest anti-gay bill
    IRIN, the humanitarian news and analysis service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

    http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=86620

    “If this bill is passed it will be a clear violation of human rights and will push men who have sex with men even further underground than they are,” Beatrice Were, a Ugandan HIV/AIDS activist, told IRIN/PlusNews.

    “Our national strategic plan for HIV/AIDS aims to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care, but if people are criminalized and not allowed to exist, how can they access these services?” she added.

    “Bahati’s proposed bill also supports stigma and discrimination against HIV-positive people, and would undermine years of efforts to tackle the epidemic,” Solome Nakaweesi-Kimbugwe, a human rights activist, and Frank Mugisha, co-chair of the rights group, Sexual Minorities Uganda, said in a statement.

    “Uganda has been considered a ‘best practice’ leader in the fight against HIV and AIDS,” the statement continued. “If [the bill is] passed, this leadership status would be put in serious question.”

    ________________

    Rights Groups Challenge Uganda’s New Same-Sex Proposal
    VOANews.com

    http://www.voanews.com/english/Africa/2009-10-16-voa5.cfm
    _________________

    Uganda: ‘Anti-Homosexuality’ Bill Threatens Liberties and Human Rights Defenders
    Proposed Provisions Illegal, Ominous, and Unnecessary
    Human Rights Watch

    http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/10/15/uganda-anti-homosexuality-bill-threatens-liberties-and-human-rights-defenders

    The draft “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” introduced on October 14, 2009 in Uganda’s parliament would violate human rights and should be withdrawn immediately, a group of 17 local and international human rights organizations said today.

    “This bill is a blow to the progress of democracy in Uganda,” said David Kato of Sexual Minorities Uganda. “It goes against the inclusive spirit necessary for our economic as well as political development. Its spirit is profoundly undemocratic and un-African.”

    “Discrimination and punitive laws like this aimed at marginalized groups and at those often among the most affected by HIV drives people underground and does nothing to help slow down the AIDS epidemic,” said Daniel Molokele, Africa program officer at the World AIDS Campaign.

    “Certain provisions in this bill are illegal; they are also immoral,” said Kate Sheill, Amnesty International’s expert on sexual rights. “They criminalize a sector of society for being who they are, when what the government should be doing instead is protecting them from discrimination and abuse.”

  13. Adam
    October 21, 2009

    There’s a typo in your transcription – the “sexual offender” definition should read “serial offender”. That paragraph means that the death penalty can be applied to anyone with previous convictions for a similar offence (including non-HIV &c.)

    • Jim Burroway
      October 21, 2009

      I’ve fixed the typo in the definitions section. PDF’s OCR mistranscribed much of the document and I had to go back and correct numerous errors, but missed that one. Thanks.

  14. kankaka
    October 23, 2009

    No No, no!!!!, this is what well intentioned Ugandans were all waiting for. And, there is no such thing as homophobia. It is the natural distaste for evil.
    We intend to protect the dignity of humanity by uncovering all ill-intentioned means of offenders of the laws of nature. Homosexuals and lesbians have a sexual identity disorder that urgently needs to be corrected by all possible means. Naked truth- whether you want it or not, the bill is going through.
    We are a poor country but we rather die poor than trade our moral identity and disobey the laws of nature.

    I call on all human rights activists to support this bill with all they can.
    Uganda is not bending low on this. Political suicide for any member of parliament that does not support the bill!!!
    Take it or leave it.

  15. isaac
    November 9, 2009

    well humanity should be observed i cant imagine a fool mutilating anothers anus and he goes unpunished way to go uganda homosexuality isnt cool at all

  16. Matt Boynton
    November 28, 2009

    This amounts to a call for murdering gays. If we cannot disarm these murderous thugs disguised as a government the least we can do is cut off all trade and foreign investment and aid until the people overthrow them. Socially responsible investment groups must be sure to shun Uganda for this barbarism. It makes me sick than any of my taxpayer dollars would support such a country and I will lobby to have that stopped. We must identify Ugandan exporters and find our merchandise elsewhere. They may think it is fine to do what I want in their country but I think it is fine to punish them economically. This is a call to arms.

  17. Weasel
    December 14, 2009

    Wow. I am stunned.

    “..’touching’ includes touching— (a) with any part of the body; (b) with anything else; (c) through anything; and in particular includes touching amounting to penetration of any sexual organ. anus or mouth.”

    So, if I were Ugandan and had a son, and I were to stick a lollipop in his mouth, then I have committed THREE felonious offenses: touching, touching a child under 18, and homosexuality since it is a male child.

    RIDICULOUS. I really hope Uganda’s government comes to their senses.

    -Weasel

  18. Mike
    December 16, 2009

    Does every one know that The American Family Association has Glossed over this and called it a Progressive move in Uganda for the Battle against aids. They don’t even tell you it results in Execution.

  19. mark
    December 17, 2009

    what a sick country, the goverment want burning

  20. tumwijuke
    December 18, 2009

    @Mark, Twosoulspirit and anyone else who cares to read this:

    The Government of Uganda is NOT the people or the country of Uganda.

    To accuse an entire country of hate is akin to accuse the entire nation of the United States of America of mass murder in Iraq. Government’s are supposed to act on behalf of the people that elect them, but we know the reality is far from this.

    Many Ugandan – gay or not, Christian or not – are opposed to this hateful bill. Do not act like a group of parliamentarians (and a section of the religious right) in Uganda by ignorantly turning your hate against my beautiful country.

  21. sinner
    February 6, 2010

    good for uganda , if only america and all other countries had that much care for its’ people. the world could start to heal from the damage and death brought to us curtacy of aids thru homosexual activities .

  22. Priya Lynn
    February 6, 2010

    Sinner, in Uganda AIDS is spread primarily through heterosexual activities as is the case throughout Africa. If you think killing people to lessen AIDS is a good idea you’ll have to start with heterosexuals.

  23. Paul Batambuze Wamuk
    February 14, 2010

    Oh Yes, This is the long awaited Law which should be embraced by all right thinking human beings by the way even animals and birds can support it. May God guide the members of Parliament, the president, cabinet and all Ugandans in their decision not to be intimidated by the so called Big Donors and Super Powers from the West who are threatening them. For us we dearly need this law passed very soon. It will be our greatest gift in the last 1000 years.

    To hell with your you Homosexuality and Lesbianism. Sodom and Gomorrah of the Bible where destroyed of the same sin. Stop it and Repent to God as soon as possible to run a way from God’s judgment.

  24. Paul Batambuze Wamuk
    February 14, 2010

    Which human rights shall be violated?. No, No, No, that is madness of the heighest order that you who support the gay acts you are practicing. You,re violating our rights as Ugandans, Africans and sensible human beings. To me I think this is the worst crime you’ve ever commit before man and God.

  25. Paul Batambuze Wamuk
    February 14, 2010

    Which human rights shall be violated?. No, No, No, that is madness of the highest order that you who support the gay acts you are practicing. You,re violating our rights as Ugandans, Africans and sensible human beings. To me I think this is the worst crime you’ve ever commit before man and God.

  26. Scott P.
    February 14, 2010

    There are none so blind as those that will not see.

  27. Burr
    February 14, 2010

    I’m sorry my very existence is violating your rights. I’m off to kill myself now. Again sorry about that.. :P

  28. Priya Lynn
    February 14, 2010

    Paul the idea that loving gay couples miraculously violoate your rights is just crazy talk. You need psychiatric help.

  29. Jason D
    February 14, 2010

    come on, dear, let’s go to the bedroom where we’ll kiss, hug, and violate the rights of people who aren’t even in the room!

  30. Emily K
    February 14, 2010

    Oh Yes, This is the long awaited Law which should be embraced by all right thinking human beings by the way even animals and birds can support it.

    Except, of course, for those gay dogs, cats, penguins, elephants, and sheep…

  31. Marvin
    February 21, 2010

    “Extra territorial jurisdiction of Ugandan Courts” including extradition is not a new or strange legal doctrine.

    The United States has that policy in force regarding Americans who go abroad to sexually exploit children.

  32. Scott P.
    February 21, 2010

    I see, Marvin, so are you equating gay people with pedophiles?

  33. Burr
    February 21, 2010

    I don’t think he necessarily was. Just pointing out that it’s not unprecedented.

  34. Paul Batambuze Wamuk
    April 30, 2010

    The Bahati Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009 is so far the best law we have received in Uganda’s parliament. We are Ugandans who don’t need to be intimidated by anybody because of the your Monies. We want to protect the children, families and the African culture. Stop intimidating Hon. Bahati, he has a right to bring a private members bill.

    We are soon reaching election time, this law is going to be a yardstick for choosing a member of Parliament and the President.

  35. Priya Lynn
    April 30, 2010

    Paul, loving gay couples are no threat to anyone’s children, familie or African culture. Your lying to enable the murder of innocent people is an outrageous evil.

  36. Scott L.
    April 30, 2010

    Don’t you all just love how people like Paul here keep whining about their right to run their country any way they want, but we don’t have the right to object, or even to petition our government to withhold our tax dollars from supporting their attempt to commit genocide against gay people?

  37. Richard Rush
    April 30, 2010

    Paul,

    Have you ever noticed that the nations most accepting of their gay citizens are among the nations ranking highest in every measure of human well-being and prosperity? And have you noticed that the nations treating gays with vile contempt are among the nations ranking lowest in those measures? Even within the United States a similar correlation can be seen (to some degree) among the states.

    If the people of Uganda want to improve their lives, they might want to start with a focus on education to reduce their ignorance, illiteracy, superstition, and poverty, rather than scapegoating gays as the solution to their problems. The scapegoating of unpopular minority groups has always been an effective way for people, governments, and religious leaders to deflect responsibility for their own failures.

  38. Don
    October 20, 2010

    There’s a website called biblelore.com that deals with lies about homosexuality and other myths like Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible. Gays and lesbians should give it a look.

  39. john
    October 26, 2012

    This bill is a true expression of how disgusting it is to Ugandans(Africans) gay & lesibian thing is . We abhor this kind of thing and I wish the weat gets to know we just hate it to the core.
    To suggest Ugandan parliaament is wsting time on this matter but should spend time on how to reduce on poverty eradication, heath matters, education , employment for her people etc, is to be diverionary because Ugandans(Africans)do not believe gay rights is a human right issue but a moral problem and since it is such, irrespective of our problems, mentioned, gay lifestyle cannot be left to continue because we have these problems.It the west that must come to terms with our belief and accept it in this case, just as we in Africa accepted some of their ways.WE BELIEVE GAY&LESBIANISM IS A MORAL DECCADANCE!

  40. Priya Lynn
    October 26, 2012

    John, gayness and lesbianism harms no one so they are perfectly moral.

    You seek to kill gays and lesbians – you couldn’t be more immoral.

    Until you stop persecuting the innocent you’ll never be accepted in the civilized world

  41. Richard Baldwin Cook
    March 3, 2014

    I sm looking for the tect of the bill as signed into law.

    You link readers to the text of the 2009 bill, while in the same atticle, pointing out that the bill passed in Dec 2013 and signED into law in Feb 2014 is not the same as the 09 text.

    ???

  42. Guyson Ngotshani
    March 9, 2014

    Gayism and lesbianism are sins. Read the holy bible,oh you perverted sinners. Are there any gay gangsters in the bible?

  43. Timothy Kincaid
    March 9, 2014

    Actually, Guyson, the Bible is full of individuals that would today be called gay or LGBT. You may know then as “eunuchs”.

    Read the Bible, oh you ignorant sinner.

  44. Ben in Oakland
    March 9, 2014

    No, we have gangsterism only among heterosexuals. It’s one of the consequences of heterosexism.

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